This is a part of the movie “La Jetée”, directed by Chris Marker in 1962. It is a science fiction movie, but the amazing thing about it is that it is all made from still photographs. Knowing that it has been created in the 1960’s, it means that each photographs in this movie had to be printed and then filmed, which is quite a performance and must have been a very long process. Besides this, this film created a strange feeling in me. May be I am getting to used to modern and fast movies, but after a while staring at the screen, I had the illusion that the images began moving. Characters started blinking, moving their fingers… which is completely impossible of course. I smiled when I realised that when watching any movie, we are actually looking at plenty of pictures put together, also giving the illusion of moving, when they are technically not.
They both deal with madness and that’s why I feel inspired by them. Often, we hear of someone the word “mad” but it is actually very difficult to define this word in complete objectivity. These movies talk about these differences of point of view. Who’s mad ? Who’s not ? Could we actually say that people live in different realities instead of categorising them ? The fact of being “normal” is often defined by society more than by individuals, so who decides ? Are “mad people” victims of society ?
I definitely recommend these two movies. Sadly, once you have seen one, you will know the end of the other.